THE BACKBONE OF THE BUDDHA’S TEACHING

The Backbone Of The Buddha’s Teaching

Seeing and the seen are inseparable.
Whatever is seen is only seen by virtue of just seeing.
Just seeing is pure consciousness; it’s our original reality.

Once realised, whatever is seen is a spontaneous reminder
that pure consciousness is present.

When describing purity, Sanskrit uses the word ‘Shunyata’
which means emptiness – a knowing emptiness.

All phenomena, having no permanent existence,
is also said to be emptiness.

The word ‘existence’ means ‘come into being’.
Time, space and pure consciousness cannot be said to exist.
They just are.

Time only relates to phenomena.
Time itself does not exist.

Phenomena appear in infinite space.
Space itself does not exist.

Pure consciousness is not a creation.
Pure consciousness cannot be said to exist.

So who is reading this?
Pure consciousness.

So who is doubting this?
The constructed and judgemental mind.

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MICRO MANAGED EAR WORMS

Micro Managed Ear Worms

Do you think we are being micro managed in an evil way?

Little by little, humanity has exchanged its sense of reality for someone else’s beliefs. Whenever we hear politicians and broadcasters, or read the ‘news’, we are being managed or manipulated. People who fit the agenda are chosen to play a part. If we are unaware of the type of language being used, we will not notice neurolinguistic programming’s keys words. The effect is like a song going round in our minds that gets stuck there; this is known as ‘ear worms’.

We hear the same old trite phrases that lack originality but are used as if we have never heard them before. Political ear worms are catchy phrases that are never explained, and the interviewer is complicit in this. Using statistics but ignoring confounding variables can bias results = micro managing. Advertisers and psychologists know this through brand recognition, where the brain lights up before the customer knows it.

Let’s not forget phrases used by spiritual adepts. Words such as ‘compassion’ and ‘happiness’ are confounding and a cause for confusion when they are not followed though with practicalities when needed. If someone has problems with conforming, the adept’s students close ranks. That is the opposite of compassion.

By micro managing, people who fit the agenda are chosen to play a part. This destroys unity, and results in competitiveness and a need for approval; instructions are over-complicated, and chosen people are made to feel special, creating the culture of an inner circle … and engendering fear.

The medicine:
Know your own mind.
Know that which knows,
and stays unshakeable.

The only thing that stays unshakeable
is pure consciousness.

Throughout all turmoil,
pure consciousness is constant and reliable,
and cannot be micro managed.

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THE AGE OF MISTRUST AND CHAOS

The Age Of Mistrust And Chaos

Does life make sense?

Is the world one huge cock-up?
Really? A continuous series of cock-ups?

Chaos and mistrust make life complicated,
and this is how we become docile and complicit.

Complicit: condition of being involved with others in an activity that is unlawful or morally wrong. From Latin complicare ‘fold together’ (see complicate).

Complicatefrom Latin complicat- ‘folded together’, from the verb complicare, from com- ‘together’ + plicare ‘to fold’.

The more complicated life is, the more dependent we become. Simplicity is not the same as simplistic; there is always method in the madness.

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LIFE IS A SPIRITUAL CONFLICT

Life Is A Spiritual Conflict

Life has always been a spiritual conflict
between those who seek their true reality
and those who think they know their true reality.

For those who know their true reality,
there is no conflict.

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THE PROBLEM WITH REALISATION

The Problem With Realisation

The problem with realising our true nature
is realising that others do not.

Realisation is being open to everything
rather than being closed minded and selective.

Realisation is no longer a problem
because there is nothing as rewarding
as exchanging self for other.

Why?
It refines realisation.

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THERE IS ONLY ONE ANSWER

There Is Only One Answer

There is only one answer:
Pure consciousness.

There is only one question:
What distracts pure consciousness?

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OUR IDENTITY IS A FICTION

Our Identity Is A Fiction

Our self-identity is a fiction, a misnomer.
Misnomer: a wrong or inaccurate name or designation.

We are not an identity, a personality, a name. We cannot even be a ‘Buddhist’. If we identify with a group – or anything – we are trapped in it. The Buddha wasn’t a Buddhist.

A person is a persona, a mask, a character in a play or work of fiction; it’s an illusion. An avatar. Why? Because we are, first and foremost, a consciousness before we start naming things and ourselves.

There are those in this world who want us to identify with some thing, rather than what we truly are. This is make-believe. Belief is an acceptance that something exists or is true, without proof. Some even want to arrest or kill those who do or do not believe.

Our language has been doctored to persuade us to use words in a way that is opposite to their original meaning. As an example, to say “I believe I am telling the truth” means that we are not sure whether we are telling the truth … so, it’s not absolutely true.

Enter: the “Strawman”.
Strawman: an intentionally misrepresented proposition that is set up because it is easier to defeat than an opponent’s real argument.

The identification with a name, a persona, a set of ideas supersedes – takes the place of – a being’s original reality of pure consciousness.

A person can be attacked and dismantled.
Pure consciousness cannot.

If we do not know what we are, we can become a thing of fantasy.
When we realise that we are a thing of fantasy, we are free.

This is what Buddhism calls shattering the illusion;
‘breaking open the egg shell of ignorance’.
– Mipham Rinpoche

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THEY ARE PLAYING WITH YOUR MIND

They Are Playing With Your Mind

They are playing with your mind.

Who are ‘they’?
Thoughts.

Where did those thoughts come from?

That’s a good question,
and you already know the answer.

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THE HEART IS THE ESSENCE OF PURE CONSCIOUSNESS

The Heart Is The Essence Of Pure Consciousness

This is opposite to what people generally think of as their ‘heart’;
we usually see ‘heart’ as our feelings,
but that is merely a reaction in the same mind as our thoughts.

We know we have a mind.
But what is the we that knows we have a mind?

It is the vital essence of mind,
the innermost heart of pure consciousness.

That is our true reality,
which unifies all sentient beings.
While the mind separates us, the heart unites us.

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EXAGGERATION CREATES CHAOS

Exaggeration Creates Chaos

When people believe in exaggerations,
they create chaos.

Tulku Urgyen said;
“We are free in the moment of seeing.”

Just because Tulku Urgyen said these words
doesn’t mean that we are now free
😀

We have to actually see the chaos and confusion in our mind now…
and this is a constant process,
until there is no more confusion or suffering.

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EXAGGERATING THE GURU

Exaggerating The Guru

We, as humans, exaggerate everything.

The guru/teacher is merely a conduit for words,
which are symbols with meaning.
We decipher the meaning through experience
and realise that knowing needs no exaggeration.
We do not take someone’s word for the truth.

In exaggerating the guru, we are relating
and, as such, this is a duality.

In this way, we easily miss the whole point.

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ONCE WE REALISE THE TRUTH 1

Once We Realise The Truth 1

Once we realise the truth,
we recognise what isn’t true.

Truth is constant; it can never change.
If something can change,
it is impermanent
and cannot be said to be true.

Consciousness never changes
but thoughts do.

Thoughts create a self identity,
and therefore, self has no reality.

This is the mental trap we are in.
“OK, who’s we?!?”

We are constant consciousness
before it is conscious of phenomena.

It is a non-dual state
of mere observation
without observer.

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ONCE WE REALISE THE TRUTH 2

Once We Realise The Truth 2

Once we realise the truth,
we notice how surprisingly scary we were.
🙂

Realisation isn’t about gaining anything.
It is removing the jaundiced, bitter, resentful, cynical, soured, distorted,
disenchanted, disillusioned, disappointed, pessimistic, negative,
sceptical, distrustful, suspicious, misanthropic, jealous, proud,
envious, narrow-minded, bigoted, prejudiced,
intolerant, discriminatory beam
from one’s own eyes.

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HOLDING A GRUDGE

Holding A Grudge

Holding a grudge is a feeling of resentment resulting from injustice, unfairness or downright perceived stupidity; it will affect our entire lives, to the extent of creating hatred and further wrongdoing. We all make mistakes, more or less. There is so much in this world to find fault with that even a Buddha cannot put things right.

Grudges contaminate an atmosphere and have consequences. All negativity obscures the clarity of wisdom – the light of consciousness – and delays realisation of ultimate truth … the complete picture!

The only thing to resent
is how long it has taken us to realise this.

The reminder is enough to keep us from falling back
into grudginess.

🙂

Pure consciousness is a grudge-free zone.

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DO YOU SPEND YOUR LIFE FEELING WORRIED?

Do You Spend Your Life Feeling Worried?

I do.

Reasoning, however, tells us that there is nothing we can do about worldliness that worries us. The world is in a very dark place brought about by decisions that favour a few, and voted in by the many who have no real choices. We are constantly being manoeuvred. As things get worse, the world will get better, as people will wake up because the untruths will be so obvious, and we will realise that it needn’t be this way.

Once we know the truth of our reality, everything that we hear or read seems childish, silly and immature, and meant for the gullible who believe every word – and we switch on this performance every day.

It is knowing the truth that banishes untruth and worry:
the lamp that dispels darkness.

The lamp that dispels darkness is the light of wisdom – pure consciousness. Falling into vacancy or worry is what the ancients call ‘not knowing’ or ‘ignorance’. When we experience this, there is that which notes this feeling. Look into that which notices. This is the light that dispels darkness, free of confusion. That is our true reality of pure consciousness, free of suffering. You are none other than the light of wisdom, free of worry.

Worry is like a virus; it gets transmitted.
Immunity is being beyond harm:
such is pure consciousness.

🙂

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BECAUSE WE ARE NOT A CONTEMPLATIVE SOCIETY …

Because We Are Not A Contemplative Society …

Because we are not a contemplative society,
we will remain separated by opinions, beliefs and judgements.

To be contemplative is to rest in deep, long reflection,
rather than rehearsed opinions.

To contemplate, we do not take sides.
We have an overall view,
being neither averse to change
nor holding on to traditional ideas.

To be contemplative is to be wise.
Pure wisdom is the uncontaminated knowingness of consciousness,
without discussion.

What do contemplatives do when they meet?
They nod in recognition, and smile.

🙂

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IS THE WORLD OVER POPULATED?

Is The World Over Populated?

There are two views on these subject:
too many people using up resources.
or
more beings having the potential to become enlightened.

Although resources are being abused,
the mega-wealthy always want more,
and this behaviour permeates society.

Although resources are being abused,
humanity can easily share
but the mega-wealthy always want more,
and this behaviour permeates society.

Influenced by materialism, we will never have enough.
Influenced by spirituality, we have enough.

Fools want wealth and power.
The wise have wealth and power.

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SPIRITUAL MERIT

Spiritual Merit

Merit creates our karma, our life and our future life. All our thoughts, actions and reactions in this moment now are products of our past. Merit is the blueprint for the next incarnation – the next moment. Positive and negative thoughts and actions do not go unnoticed by the law of karma, which manifests the causes and conditions for the next moment.

The way we see life is down to merit/intention.
We can either go round in circles, or break free.
The wise know this.

Merit: deserved reward or punishment; Old French from Latin meritum ‘due reward’, from mereri ‘earn, deserve’.

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THERE ARE TWO WAYS OF LIFE

There Are Two Ways Of Life

There are two ways of life:
one is based on materialism and the other is based on wisdom.

The way of materialism is to identify with everything we see as being real, and look no further.
The way of wisdom is not to identify with everything we see as being real, and to look beyond.

“But we have to live in the material world!”
“Yes. And beyond?”

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TURNING PRIDE INTO WISDOM

Turning Pride Into Wisdom

Pride is the wisdom of equality.

In the very first moment of recognition, each negative emotion has a quality of wisdom. This needs to be experienced through practice. Recognition comes from equanimity; a trained, clear mind notices an occurrence before it goes into its old routine. Wisdom returns to inner peace, and then we are able to deal with the situation in a more productive way.

Pride is thinking that we know more than others, and lording it over them; the spiritually and intellectually inclined are more susceptible to this emotion.

The wisdom lies in understanding that, as beings live an infinite number of lives, they will eventually realise what we know. This is why the enlightened left teachings to awaken us.

We should therefore respect all sentient beings’ potential. Empathy is knowing that once, we too did not know. Teachers are not entitled to be teachers: it is the student that gives them the authority because they recognise something within their own experience.

Pride is silly and restrictive as we become stuck within partial knowledge. Using what we know to gain admiration and power over others is an act of evil. To be honest, we do this all the time, trying to appear what we are not. This happens because, as a society, we are not contemplative.

Pride is the wisdom of equality, and entails a profound understanding of compassion. If we call ourselves ‘spiritual’, we should act like it, rather than thinking ourselves superior.

Proverbs 16.18
The highway of the upright leads away from evil;
he who guards his way protects his life.
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
It is better to be lowly in spirit among the humble
than to divide the spoil with the proud.…”

No one said cutting through our conditioning is easy.
😀

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WHY IS PRIDE A SIN?

Why Is Pride A Sin?

‘Sin’ is anything that is detrimental to one’s wellbeing.

Pride is high self-admiration which obscures pure consciousness,
as opposed to humility
which is low self-admiration that allows pure consciousness to see clearly.

Pride is holding an exalted idea of ourself. We have a high opinion of our own importance, and manifest ego, becoming know-it-alls (there is also inverted pride, when ego manifests as exaggerated humility).

As pride is founded on an illusory self-image, it is the opposite of absolute truth which knows that the essence of every sentient being is pure consciousness. Pride is a precursor to narcissism.

Narcissism: Self-centredness, with a grandiose view of one’s own talents, craving admiration, There is a failure to distinguish the self from external objects; it is a feature of a mental disorder, lacking empathy for others.

We are all narcissists when we are unaware of others’ true potential. Along our path of distractions to enlightenment, evil will find our weaknesses – our likes and dislikes. This is what divides us, and is how we become victims.

Don’t wander, don’t wander, place mindfulness on guard;
Along the road of distraction, Mara lies in ambush.
Mara is this mind, clinging to like and dislike,
So look into the essence of this magic, free from dualistic fixation.
Realise that your mind is unfabricated primal purity.
There is no buddha elsewhere; look at your own face.
There is nothing else to search for; rest in your own place.
Non-meditation is spontaneous perfection, so capture the royal seat.”
-Tsoknyi Rinpoche 1st

(Mara is demonic mind)

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MEETING YOUR MAKER

Meeting Your Maker

You are pure consciousness.
What else, in reality, can you be?

When pure consciousness thinks it is something other than pure consciousness,
consciousness forgets its purity
and forms a contaminated self-image.

That is your maker, your master.

And what about him?

Screen Shot 2021-09-27 at 09.33.23He’s a figment of someone else’s contaminated self-image 🙂

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SPIRITUAL MYSTERIES

Spiritual Mysteries

Mystery: something that is difficult or impossible to understand or explain.

Here, we are talking about the possibility of out-of-body beings who influence embodied beings.

As this is a mystery, it is something that we, as intelligent beings, can neither accept nor reject, as much depends on our state of mind. Just because we are told there are angels and demons, doesn’t mean that there are, and it doesn’t mean there aren’t. It’s personal – it comes down to individual experience which is beyond description and words.

We can use logic, and say that ‘mystery’ is merely our hidden true nature of pure consciousness, which is a tremendous mystery for most beings. Some may believe that ‘mystery’ is something else.

The Nazis, like most unstable people, want to discover mysteries for power. Whether such power exists or not, it is the belief that has a unfortunate effect, as beliefs make people do unspeakable things; maybe some think they have the power to captivate others. Knowledge in the wrong hands will have a detrimental karmic effect.

The three poisons of desire, aversion and ignorance that control sentient beings (and which are, in truth, the three wisdoms of emptiness, consciousness and compassion) are not really a mystery – despite being hidden from most people – as we can all see them in action, if we look.

So, now we are talking about other beings.

From personal experience, there have been unwarranted troubles, but also timely inspirations. Maybe we become conduits for both good and evil? In Buddhism, we pray to deities for clarity, but whether that works, I cannot ‘say’ …

The major problem with mysteries is that, when they become a propagated belief for worship, they end up as a deluded curse.

A demon seeks power over others
by creating emotional feedback.
An angel or bodhisattva knows this.

Just have a good intention and a good heart,
and do no harm.
Then you know you’re facing the right way.

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KNOWLEDGE IS A LOT TO HANDLE

Knowledge Is A Lot To Handle

Knowledge is neutral. What we do with knowledge may become either harmful or enlightening. If we exploit knowledge to gain power over others, we are facing lifetimes of suffering. If it is used to support others’ spiritual potential, knowledge turns into inspirational, empathetic wisdom.

Many have turned to the ancient east to try and discover mysteries that will enhance their position in life. There are no mysteries, just knowledge kept from the general public that maintains their confusion.

Once we truly realise the essence of knowledge – together with genuine empathetic understanding – further realisation unfolds, and further enlightenments manifest. It’s not magic. It’s logical; reasoning assessed according to strict principles of validity.

Genuine compassion is the key to keeping sane and maintaining constancy, otherwise arrogance takes over and we start to feed off others’ adoration. It’s easily done.

Just because we know a few texts off by heart doesn’t mean we care about others. We care more about our scholarship or rituals and, subtly, our heart darkens; it’s called en-darkenment.

The great news is
that anyone just seeing this is enlightened
– more or less.
We are free in the moment of seeing.

To exploit: To make full use of and derive benefit from, or to make use of (a situation) in a way considered unfair or underhand.

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ARE SPIRITUAL PEOPLE MORE TROUBLED … AND HAPPIER?

Are Spiritual People More Troubled … And Happier?

The more we notice, the more sensitive we become.

We notice the cause of suffering.
Being troubled generates empathetic compassion.
Empathetic compassion brings confidence.
It is this confidence that brings happiness.

The result: we become more beneficial to others.

It’s all in a day’s work.

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EVIDENCE OF SPIRITUALITY

Evidence Of Spirituality

The evidence of spiritual presence
is genuine kindness,
without any standoffishness.

We may appear to be kind,
but are we actually kind?

The evidence of knowingness
is genuine kindness,
without any standoffishness.

We may appear to know
but what do we actually know?

The evidence of love
is kindness.

Standoffish: cold and unfriendly.

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THE MORE WE REALISE, THE LESS OTHERS CAN RELATE

The More We Realise, The Less Others Can Relate

We live through a glass darkly,
relating only to the scribbles obscuring its clarity,
and attracted to those whose scribbles mirror our own.

The clearer the glass,
the less others can relate to us.

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HAPPINESS IS SOLVING A PROBLEM

Happiness Is Solving A Problem

Life is one problem after another to be solved.
Life is therefore our teacher.
Complaining doesn’t teach us anything.

Others may disagree with this
– and they too have their problems to solve.

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LOVE DOES WHAT IS RIGHT

Love Does What Is Right

Love is desire-less and fear-less,
and knows the divine nature of all beings.

Human nature is selfish,
and boastful of possessions, abilities and knowledge.

Divine nature knows self to be a preoccupation,
– askew, off balance and wonky.

Love is right as it is straight, and does not deviate.

Right: “from an Indo-European root, denoting movement in a straight line.”

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BEING HAPPY WITH OUR DECISIONS IN LIFE

Being Happy With Our Decisions In Life

All the decisions we make in life come down to the present moment, now. Life may have been unsatisfactory, with all its pointless distractions and misinterpretations; all the while, there was an ‘itch’ at the back of our mind … “this can’t be right”.

That itch is the conscience of pure awareness.

Our doubt about life is our path, which is created by our karma
– the result of our reactions
to pointless distractions and misinterpretations.

Gaining confidence in understanding means that
we made the right decisions.

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WE ALL KNOW THAT WE ARE NEVER TOLD THE TRUTH

We All Know That We Are Never Told The Truth

We all know that we are never told the truth,
and we accept a life of mental poverty.

Once we realise the ultimate truth
– that we are not a powerless being –
we can never again be deceived.

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A LACK OF EMPATHY CAUSES HARM

A Lack Of Empathy Causes Harm

We cause harm
when we lack empathy.

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DEAR ILLUMINATI; KARMA NEVER FAILS

Dear Illuminati; Karma Never Fails

Dear Illuminati,

The creation of ‘A New World Order’ or ‘The Great Reset’ or ‘Build Back Better’ must be founded on compassion, on doing no harm, and on allowing people freedom to realise their true potential.

If not, this creation will sow the seeds of bad karma for both instigators and enablers for generations. Karma never fails.

Our reactions to plans that limit life are due to inherent divinity within us. That divinity is pure consciousness, and its realisation never fails.

Yours sincerely,
Tony
🙂

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PRACTICAL HUMILITY

Practical Humility

Humility: the quality of having a modest or low view of one’s importance.

Humility isn’t a display of being meek and mild; it is a matter of realising the value of having no self-importance. In order to be important, we have to believe that we are special, and above others.

Self-importance is an attachment to an idolised image.

We are living in a world that forgets
the spiritual dimension of life that has no dimension.

For that, we have to leave our pleasureful life
and realise what we truly are.

The side effect:
just being happy.

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IN IGNORING THE TRUTH, WE ACCEPT LIES

In Ignoring The Truth, We Accept Lies

When a lie no longer works, another lie is added.
Even though the new lie is a contradiction,
it creates hope … and fear and hope …
… and we fall for this every time,
because we are gullible in our search for salvation.

Salvation is being free from harm
or deliverance from sin/ignorance.

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WE GAIN CERTAINTY THROUGH PRACTICE

We Gain Certainty Through Practice

But what practice?

Real practice – real Dharma practice – is gaining confidence in just being,
rather than excelling at repeating texts and chanting mantras.

Just being is esoteric realisation.
Being good at a practice is exoteric realisation.

For realisation, we do not have to become ‘spiritual’.
We just have to be aware that we are the very essence of consciousness.

The very essence of consciousness is what we all are,
and therefore, we are nothing special.

We gain certainty through spiritual practice when this results in genuine, skilful kindness; otherwise, our practice remains pointless and argumentative. Just look at Buddhist forums 😀

There is no way to realisation other than genuine empathetic compassion; this is not only the means to an end, but it also stops us becoming arrogant.

It does not matter what we have read or heard, the practice that matters is observing our behaviour, understanding mind and gaining confidence, rather than feeling superior.

Authentic spiritual practice is the generosity, patience, morality, discipline and concentration of selfless kindness. This will lead us to transcendent wisdom.

Alternatively, we realise transcendent wisdom, and selfless kindness naturally follows.

Transcendent wisdom is the knowingness of pure consciousness. As long as the way in which we work results in skilful kindness, this means we are facing in the right direction, and are of true benefit to others.

When we are truly confident,
we can never take offence

We put ourselves right
before we can put others right.

Matthew 7:4

How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’
while there is still a beam in your own eye?
You hypocrite! First take the beam out of your own eye,
and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Do not give dogs what is holy; do not throw your pearls before swine.
If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.…”

This has to be repeated, generation after generation,
otherwise society will fall apart.

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STOP LOOKING FOR TOGYAL

Stop Looking For Togyal

It’s too needy 🙂

Tibetan Lamas say that Togyal has to taught to the right person.
We can wait a very long time …
and that, in itself, makes us needy.

Togyal is the realisation of spontaneous presence. It’s the direct approach, actually letting go and leaping over contrivances, and is a miniscule step back from Trekcho, which is cutting through/undoing. It is direct realisation, needing no explanation or interpretation. This direct seeing is pure consciousness.

Spontaneous inspiration comes in many ‘forms’.
If you see it, kill it.
It’s not what you are.

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WE DON’T NOTICE STRESS … UNTIL IT’S GONE!

We Don’t Notice Stress … Until It’s Gone!

Happiness is relief from stress.

Stress is something we have all become used to and no longer notice;
it is, however, reflected in the tensions within our subtle body.

Meditation should be about de-stressing ourselves, which influences the actions of our body, speech and mind. Once we value being de-stressed – as opposed to being distressed 😉 – we become more familiar with a quietude and inner peace that others’ stress cannot disturb. This is our actual reality of being, rather than the subtle stress of keeping up an appearance, a simulation.

The best part of meditation
is when we drop it.

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BEING WEIRD: CONSCIOUSLY CONTROLLING OUR DESTINY

Being Weird: Consciously Controlling Our Destiny

Weird: Late Middle English, originally meaning ‘having the power to control destiny’; unearthly.

If we have no control over life, and merely follow collective ideas as our ancestors did, we are born, work, have a family, leave offspring and die. Animals, insects, vegetables and fruit can do that – and they also lack control.

To take control of life, we have to know what life is. Life is consciousness.
To control our destiny, we have to know what consciousness is; its essence and purpose.
Its essence is pure, and its purpose is compassion.

Once we realise our purpose, we are released from suffering because we know our true reality and, if we are skilful, we are now able to help others realise their reality.

This is where happiness lies.

We are unearthly beings of pure consciousness,
realising that we can take control.

Be weird today … and forever.

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HOW THE MEDIA WORKS – IT INFLUENCES THE INFLUENCERS

How The Media Works – It Influences The Influencers

Psychology at work:
How easily are you influenced?
You don’t need sheepdogs … just sheep.

This video isn’t for entertainment. It’s a sad warning.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RksLFJ7A2M

Still say TV, films, music, cartoons, ads etc don’t affect you?
Neurolinguistic/image programming is our way of life.

We can recognise influencing when something is over-emphasised: this blog does that, with the proviso that you don’t take the Buddha’s word for it – you test it for yourself.

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SADNESS RESULTING FROM JOY

Sadness Resulting From Joy

Sadness is empathy and compassion.
Knowing what is natural,
sadness – rather than anger – arises when something is amiss.

Human beings, although enlightened in essence, are a devious lot.
Devious: departing from the direct route. 

We have both a light side and dark side, a positive side and negative side; we also have a choice of which way we go.

The direct route is spontaneous clarity of pure consciousness
= we have arrived.

The indirect route is self-obsession that contaminates consciousness
= we go round in circles.

It is sad that people do not notice their true nature of unity in compassionate wisdom, preferring either to drift in states of vacancy or become self-absorbed in whatever they practise. If we are angry, we misdirect precious energy into division and confusion, when that very energy could be used to bring about understanding and harmony … if there are ears to hear 🙂

We are misdirected and misled from birth to ‘better ourselves’ and be competitive. Our outer manifestation of self is our dream state, and once we understand this dream state within ourselves, we understand others better. Instead of taking advantage, we can now prepare the ground, pave the way, lay the foundation … to better their understanding.

The moment clarity recognises confusion, wisdom dawns.
Empathetic sadness arises,
and life naturally turns for the better, the good.

The way in which we then manifest this understanding
will depend on our ability to empathise.

Sadness and joy both bring tears.

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TO LIVE THE DREAM, WE HAVE TO BE ASLEEP

To Live The Dream, We Have To Be Asleep

It’s quite a shock when we realise that, although people appear to be awake, they are merely going through the motions, functioning at a basic level of predictable repetition, day after day. And yes, unfortunately, this can also apply to those on spiritual paths; for this reason, the Buddha said, “Don’t take my word for it …”

Meditation isn’t about repetition. It is taking stock of what we are doing and letting go, detaching from our dreams and waking up.

Our dream is a projection on the wall of our mind that we assume to be our reality. Everyone believes the dream, so we did too. We all fall for it and, in this way, we all live the dream.

It started when consciousness looked at these projections and thought, “That is what I am!” This a massive illusion – so massive that, for thousands of years, billions of humans on this planet have lived and died believing whatever they are told. We learn from birth to join the queue to be programmed, and die not knowing anything. That is shocking.

We shouldn’t assume that we know the whole programme because, in our present state, we are the result of programming, and just part of the production line. Who are the programmers? Anyone who wants us to stay programmed.

It’s a tremendous revelation when we realise that this is in action every day. All around us, people are just sleep walking and sleep talking in a made-up reality. Which reality is real, and which is the dream?

We can actually catch ourselves in auto-pilot, asleep while going about our daily routines. We may look awake, but not to those who are awake. As long as we all say the usual things in our group, we can continue to doze away happily – “Oo, look! There’s a so-and-so, and that’s a … ” It’s what four year olds do! Unfortunately, we enable other dreamers so as not to embarrass them, and that’s how we get caught up in the collective dream.

Saying something out of the blue may stir someone, or may make them feel uncomfortable, depending on the individual. They will either pull the comfort blanket back over their heads or get angry … or perhaps stay stirred a little longer, and become curious. That is when a meeting of minds can occur, but such an opportunity doesn’t last long.

Sleep talking can take place in spiritual groups; we tick off all the things we hear from the person with the unusual name, and add more decoration to our dream.

If a spiritual teacher tells us to stay calm in a traffic jam, we melt into adoring worshipfulness. Why do we do this? This statement is common sense; we already know it, but we want to give up our natural intelligence and be lulled back into dependency. That is the spiritual dream-state, adding yet more decoration to our dream-life.

Whatever we see is not the real thing.
Being truly awake is the seeing,
and the dreamer awakens in that moment.

A shock in life can wake us up
because we come out of our ‘normal’.
The trick is staying out!
“We are free in the moment of seeing.”

It’s possible to follow spiritual paths for years – even decades – and still live in a dream. We wake up when we stop following and believing, and just see for ourselves. And surprise! Waking up is recognising that pure seeing is taking place. That’s all!

Knowing is spontaneous wakefulness.
That which is known is back in the dream.

“Look what I know!”
is just our memory bank that holds the dream together.

How do we know when we are awake?
Ask, “Am I dreaming?”
To ask that question, we have to be awake!

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ENLIGHTENMENT IS DISENCHANTMENT

Enlightenment Is Disenchantment


As long as we are enchanted,
we will remain trapped in sentimentalities.

Enjoy life mindfully,
being neither obsessed, nor caught and held.

Overcome enchantments
by realising their limitation.

Realisation is disillusionment
resulting in joy … and sadness.

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THERE IS NO SECRET ESOTERIC KNOWLEDGE

There Is No Secret Esoteric Knowledge

Esoteric teaching is actual, ultimate experience
in realising what we already know.

All we have to do is look and see,
and let that acknowledgement drop away
to come to rest in non-duality.

Reading or listening to teachings remains at an exoteric level,
where we exist in continual wanting.

We are all familiar with how to be happy, compassionate, caring and empathetic:
the manifestation of these qualities
is dependent on whether our understanding is esoteric or exoteric.

We always know when we are ignoring what we know
because we feel uncomfortable.

Esoteric knowing always feels comfortable.

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SEGREGATION TURNS PEOPLE AGAINST PEOPLE

Segregation Turns People Against People

The same theme is repeated throughout history; divide and conquer. Different names are used to confuse us: separation, setting apart, sorting out, isolation, quarantine, exclusion, protection, shielding, partitioning, division, apartheid, ghettos … all in the name of creating an adversary – and it works every time.

From his castle tower, the king saw his subjects waving their pitch forks and torches against him in anger. His aide said, “Do not worry, sire. We just have to tell the torch bearers that the pitch fork people want to take their torches away.” The result is that people police themselves – it only takes a minority to control the majority.

The object of war: How many can we kill?
Who kills people? Other people.

The aim is to kill the people whom we have been told are the enemy.
Who sits and watches?
Our rulers.

“United we stand, divided we fall”.
– Aesop, 620 – 564 BCE in Delphi, Greece

While we ignore our true nature,
we are divided from our common sense
and fight amongst ourselves,

When we know our true nature,
we can never be separated.

“But … but … they are bad people! They deserve what they get!!
An eye for an eye!”

That is our greatest misunderstanding.
An eye for an eye doesn’t mean we poke someone’s eye
because they poked our eye.

That is collective karma talking,
– and we will accrue the same karma.

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HOW LONG HAS HUMANITY BEEN IMPRISONED…?

How Long Has Humanity Been Imprisoned…?

Q: How long has humanity been imprisoned … by the mind?

A: For as long as humans have been led to believe
in something they cannot see.
This has been going on for thousands of years.

Here is how the deception happens:
when people agree to look outside themselves
for something to worship,
they will never look inwards and realise the truth.

Truth is very simple.
It is only due to the natural purity of consciousness
that anything is known.

For millennia, we have sought the truth
when, in reality, we are what we seek.

The deceivers will never tell you that;
‘news’ has always been about deception.

If anything is ‘sacred’ and ‘holy’,
it is our true nature.

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ALL THAT MATTERS IS THAT WE ARE HAPPY

All That Matters Is That We Are Happy

All that matters is that we are happy
– and for that to be constant.

🙂

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GOOD MENTAL HEALTH

Good Mental Health

We all have to take care of both our physical and mental health to maintain wellbeing, free from anxiety. Our mind affects our body through the way we see life. We have to train our mind to stay calm, rather than getting over-excited or giving in to apathy. Trying to keep up appearances isn’t the solution; that is the way of stress that leads to dis-ease. Even if we hide our discomfort, we suffer in some way, and this anxiety shows. We are a drugged society, bingeing on excitement and apathy.

So how can we manage our stress and anxiety? Good mental health is feeling free from keeping up with a society which has no idea where it’s going.

We have to make do and mend with whatever life throws at us.

Making do is accepting karma – the result of our previous actions.
Mending is bring our mind – and so, our life – back to balance, at our level.
‘Level’: The scenario in which we find ourself, and which we can transcend.

And what if we don’t have a fancy cushion to sit on in order to meditate?
We all have bums.

🙂

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HOW MANY KNOW OUR REALITY

How Many Know Our Reality?

We may assume that we are ‘awake’, but do we know what that is?

Wakefulness is perfect, spontaneous clarity,
free of an illusory dream state which is volatile and predictable,
displaying rapid changes of emotion.

Wakefulness does not react, but works consciously,
gradually realising our conscious reality.

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SOMETIMES, THINGS DON’T SEEM RIGHT OR COMPLETE

Sometimes, Things Don’t Seem Right Or Complete

This is intuition at work.

Most of us ignore our natural intuition in favour of second-hand information that we project onto whatever we see. This is never a complete picture.

Intuition is knowledge without conscious reasoning. It is insight or the ability to understand something instinctively, before information can be translated into a communicable form. It’s an intermediate state between thought-feelings and pure consciousness, and can lead to states of minor enlightenment.

Our path is realising the cause of our own confusion; only then may we be able to empathise with others rather than criticising them, as we understand how they are working. The very moment we recognise that our mind is confused is the moment of realisation that pure consciousness is present.

We have to keep consciousness alive through experience, rather than as a scholarly exercise. The real Dharma is something we experience for ourselves. Listening to intuition can take us further than whatever is being taught.

Intuition is the door knocker.
We could stand outside, discussing the colour of the knocker,
or we could actually knock, and the door opens.
🙂

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